Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series Presents the Music of Moondog

A special performance featuring the music of the composer Moondog.

Erie, PA, January 31, 2007 --( The Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series will present the music of the wonderful and eccentric blind composer Moondog (Louis Hardin, 1916-1999) on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Main Gallery, 411 State Street.

Moondog was a New York City street musician and former beat poet who was blinded as a young adult. From the late 1940s until 1974, he was a permanent fixture on 54th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. He was known not only for his music and poetry, but also for the distinctive Viking garb that he wore, including a horned helmet. In a search for new sounds, he also invented several musical instruments, such as the "Oo", a small triangular shaped harp, and the "Trimba", a triangular percussion instrument invented in the late 40s.

The Original Trimba today is still played by Stefan Lakatos, Swedish percussionist, close friend and pupil of Moondog, who also taught him, how to build this unique instrument. Lakatos will demonstrate the unique percussion instruments he developed with Moondog, share beat poetry and present a photographic journey of his work with Moondog at the Museum performance.

Lakatos, has worked with Moondog on different projects such as concerts and recordings since 1980. Lakatos sees the trimbas as the “voice of Moondog”, adding the characteristic fundament and original sound to the music – a music that has influenced on composers and musicians such as John Lennon, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Frank Zappa, Charlie Parker, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, just to name a few.

Celebrating over 20 years of great music, the Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series is a highly regarded performance series that includes some of the most creative, adventurous and accomplished musicians of our era. The Erie Art Museum brings exciting new music from nationally and internationally renowned artists to Erie each year, encompassing a wide variety of jazz, blues and world music.

The Contemporary Music Series is sponsored by Connoisseur Media.

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Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche